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U.S. lawmakers to investigate funding of WHO cancer agency

LONDON — Officials from the U.S. government’s health research agency are to be questioned by a congressional committee about why taxpayers are funding a World Health Organization cancer agency facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens.

Matthew kills 26 people in Caribbean

LES CAYES, Haiti/GUANTANAMO, Cuba — Hurricane Matthew twisted toward the Bahamas and Florida’s east coast on Wednesday after killing at least 26 people and damaging a majority of homes in Haiti’s south, prompting the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election.

Protests shut down South African universities

JOHANNESBURG — Clashes between police and students protesting about the cost of education forced South Africa’s Wits and Cape Town universities to suspend classes on Wednesday for the second time in less than a month.

Argentina bets on U.S. lemon exports as soured ties turn sweet

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina, the world’s top lemon producer, is confident a 15-year ban on exporting the fruit to the United States will be lifted soon as government relations improve despite opposition from U.S. farmers, an Argentine official said on Wednesday.

Kim Kardashian held at gunpoint in Paris

PARIS/NEW YORK — Reality TV star Kim Kardashian returned to New York “badly shaken” on Monday after being robbed at gunpoint in her Paris residence by masked men who stole some $10 million worth of jewelry from her.

Thousands of Poles protest against planned abortion ban

WARSAW — Thousands of Poles dressed in black marched through city streets in Poland on Monday, closing down government offices, restaurants and other businesses in protest against a petition for a total ban on abortion.

U.S. helped clinch Iraq oil deal to keep Mosul battle on track

BAGHDAD/LONDON — Shuttle diplomacy by the United States' envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition brokered an oil deal between Iraq and its Kurdish region vital to a climactic battle with the jihadists, diplomats, officials and oil men say.

Airlines report 17 percent rise in unruly passengers

MONTREAL — Reports of air rage rose worldwide in 2015, with instances of verbally abusive airline passengers and travelers who refused to listen to cabin crew increasing by almost 17 percent, the international trade association for airlines said on Wednesday.

Study finds Zika infects cells related to skull formation

LONDON — The Zika virus causing an epidemic in Brazil and spreading through the Americas can infect and alter cells in the human nervous system that are crucial for formation of bones and cartilage in the skull, a study found on Thursday.

Climate deal comes one step closer to effect

UNITED NATIONS — An agreement to fight global warming came one step closer to taking effect on Wednesday when dozens of countries deposited their ratification of the deal at the United Nations, taking the total to 60, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Syria states ceasefire over as bombing of Aleppo is reported

BEIRUT — Syria’s military declared a week-long ceasefire over on Monday and air raids were reported in Aleppo, even as officials from the United States and Russia met behind closed doors in Geneva to try to extend the truce.

Thousands protest against Atlantic free trade deals

BERLIN — Tens of thousands of people protested in European cities on Saturday against planned free trade deals with the United States and Canada they say would undermine democracy and lower food safety, environmental and labor standards.

Record U.S. military aid deal for Israel to be signed today

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and Israel have agreed on a record $38 billion package of U.S. military aid and will sign the new pact on Wednesday, enshrining defense funding for Washington's closest Middle East ally for the next decade, officials said.